- Canary Islands
While the United Kingdom, especially Scotland and Northern Ireland, and some Northern European countries have lots of excellent golf courses, they are unlikely to be your first choice of destination for a golfing holiday during the cold, dark winter months. Fortunately, there are lots of great Christmas golf holiday destinations a short flight away in Southern Europe. To help you choose a golfing holiday over the Christmas period, here are five of the best European destinations for a winter sporting break:
The Canary Islands are a top choice for those in the UK looking for the best Christmas golf holidays. The islands are bathed in sunshine year-round, with average winter temperatures of 22 degrees. There are lots of fantastic golf courses to choose from in the region, including the Golf del Sur, which hosted the Tenerife Open. The Golf del Sur golf course is most known for its unique black volcanic sand bunkers.
Sotogrande is a popular winter golf holiday destination in mainland Spain. The destination is too hot for many British tourists during the summer months, but in the winter, the climate is ideal for golfing. Real Club de Golf Sotogrande is arguably the best golf course in the area with elevated greens and sloping fairways that make for a challenging, yet enjoyable round.
The Spanish island of Mallorca is known for its crystal blue seas, golden sandy beaches, traditional villages, and, most importantly, some of the most picturesque lush green golf courses in Europe. During the winter months, day time temperatures can reach 19 degrees, which makes for great playing conditions during Christmas golf holidays. The most famous golf course on the island is at Alcanada Golf Club. It is was designed by Robert Trent-Jones Jr and has stunning sea views.
Murcia is situated between Valencia and Andalusia on the Mediterranean coast. The Mar Menor Golf Resort has an 18-hole golf course and amazing facilities. Another great golf course in Murcia is Alhama golf course, which is surrounded by stunning natural scenery. It has over 100 bunkers, so is a good choice for those looking for challenging round during their golfing holiday over the Christmas period.
The Algarve is arguably one of the most famous golfing destinations in Europe. As of 2019, there are more than 40 golf courses in the region. The largest resort is the Vale Do Lobo Resort. It has two 18-hole championship golf courses and all the luxury golf club facilities you could want during a winter getaway. There is also a plethora of award-winning restaurants in the Algarve severing some of the best Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine.
As you can see, there are plenty of great golf courses to visit in Southern European during the winter holidays. Unfortunately, this can make choosing a Christmas holiday destination for the coming holiday season more difficult. If you are open to trying any course, be sure to check out last-minute golfing holiday package deals, as booking at the last minute can save you hundreds of pounds on your flights and hotel accommodation.